MACHIAS, Maine — If you’re going to poach North Atlantic salmon, it’s probably wise not to boast about it on Facebook.
The Maine Warden Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are jointly investigating a report that an oversize salmon was illegally taken by an ice fisherman on Second Hadley Lake in rural Washington County within the past few weeks.
The fish in question measured more than 25 inches in length, which under state and federal restrictions is too large to keep, said Maine Warden Service Lt. Dan Scott.
Scott said the angler under investigation, whom he declined to identify before charges are filed, was identified through a tip from what he termed “a concerned sportsman.” Scott wouldn’t say if a Facebook posting helped to incriminate the suspect, which is what an independent source told the Bangor Daily News.
“We do use Internet-type postings, like email and Facebook, in gathering information during our investigations,” Scott said. “Whether that happened in this case I’m not at liberty to discuss as this remains under investigation, but it’s not uncommon that we use social media sources.”
Scott said both state and federal charges could be filed in the case. “We haven’t yet decided where this is going from here,” he said.
“People need to be reminded that the maximum length limit for salmon and brown trout is 25 inches,” Scott said.